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Blimey, it's a crikey (RAF100GB)

Build log 1/48 Trumpeter Westland Whirlwind

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Tim Marlow16/01/2018 21:06:56
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Hi all

Time to start this little beauty.....


I will be using this as my source of prototype information. It's great, just what you need to recreate this great aircraft. The "crikey" nickname was apparently due to the Shell advert of the time, "Crikey, that's Shell that is" which emphasised the speed you could get with Shell fuel.


Destruction header....fairly simple looking kit with 70 parts.


I'll get to the sprue shots in a minute, but these are the decals. they need substantial improvement in my opinion, some of the colours are suspect, and the ident letters are simply





I went mad.....I think these cost more than the kit Couldn't find an aftermarket set simply for this aircraft, which was a real shame.

Back with sprue shots in part two.....



Tim Marlow16/01/2018 21:13:11
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OK, sprue shots soon......


I bought the cockpit enhancement set from Eduard. I have used these before and really like them for the crispness they give to the build.


I thought the wheels looked a little anaemic, so bought replacements from Barracuda...and that is all of the aftermarket bits I will use.....


Fuselage sprue,


Prop sprue,


Engine nacelle sprue....


And the wing sprue......


Close up showing the surface detail. It is really nice and subtle, should look great when complete.....

Well tomorrow I start sticking plastic.....Wizard....

Toodle pip chaps, chocks away.....


John Race17/01/2018 00:03:33
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Tim I say chappie that's a jolly pretty looking thing eh.

I shall grab a pew and look in .


SimonT17/01/2018 01:41:16
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Hi Tim,

70 parts is comprehensive compared to the ancient Airfix one I found in my stash at the weekend (and considered building for all of a microsecond) while looking for something else face 20


Lewis Mrotzek17/01/2018 04:47:01
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I'll be watching like a' 109

Looking to be a great build.

Andy Claesens17/01/2018 14:36:35
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Count me in for this one definitelythumbs up


Sean Emmott18/01/2018 10:09:13
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Hi Tim,

This is one of my favourite aeroplanes. It's amazing to think that if there hadn't been delays and problems with the Peregrine engines for the Whirlwind, it would have gone into production in favour of the Spitfire!!

I built the Classic Airframes kit a little while ago

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In fact, Tim, you were the first person to comment on the blog, and you mentioned you had this kit in your stash!

I'm glad you are replacing the kit decals. My first thought as I began to read your blog was the kit decals looked well below par. The Eduard etch will add a lot to the build, I am sure. I'm really looking forward to following this blog. Thanks for choosing this kit!



jimbo18/01/2018 12:33:01
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Hi Tim

To my shame I had not heard of this plane before. The sprue shots look very nice. At this scale it is gonna be a big'un smile p


Tim Marlow18/01/2018 13:34:40
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Hi all, wow, interest before I even stick plastic.....

John, nice to see you.

Simon, built that as a kid, sparked my interest in this one to be honest...

Lewis, if you were in a 109E could could watch this fly was about 20mph faster.

Andy, nice of you to join us...

Sean, I remember it well.....interesting that the decals are of the same aircraft isn't it...wonder if Trumpeter copied them? The box art from yours is also the cover art from my reference book....crikey, it's a small world an' no mistake....

Jimbo, welcome aboard. Actually its only marginally wider than a first twin engine build at this scale though...

Start on the plastic tonight....

Bang on....


Sean Emmott18/01/2018 13:40:18
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Posted by Tim Marlow on 18/01/2018 13:34:40:

Sean, I remember it well.....interesting that the decals are of the same aircraft isn't it...wonder if Trumpeter copied them? The box art from yours is also the cover art from my reference book....crikey, it's a small world an' no mistake....

I think it's because only a couple of squadrons operated the Whirlwind, and there are very few contemporaneous photos of the type. So kit manufacturers are necessarily limited in their resources when choosing subjects.



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